Northland Down Syndrome Support Group
Our purpose is to connect and support families of children and adults with Down syndrome in the Tai Tokerau Northland region. We are affiliated with our national association - New Zealand Down Syndrome Association - and can help families and people with Down syndrome connect with others across the country. To find out more about any of these, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We support different family groups:
Families with a recent diagnosis of Down syndrome
A diagnosis of Down syndrome - whether during pregnancy or at birth - can be a shock. We are available to chat to if you have had a recent diagnosis. We are non-judgemental, supportive listeners. We can help you begin to understand the implications that having a child with Down syndrome may have for your family and put you in touch with other families if you wish.
Babies and pre-schoolers with Down syndrome
We have a supportive network of families with babies and pre-schoolers with Down syndrome who meet regularly for coffee and a play.
School-age children with Down syndrome
Our families of children from 0 - 16 years old meet up at WAGS (Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics) at 11am on the third Sunday of every month. Supported by qualified coach, Carol Wise, all the children - siblings included - play safely on the gym equipment, having fun, being physical and making friends. Bring your lunch, chat to other parents/carers, and enjoy playing with your children too.
Our older teens and adults with Down syndrome meet up every fortnight to go bowling, do arts and crafts, go out for a meal, and many other activities - a great opportunity to develop independence, meet up with friends and have fun!